Interview

Private equity boosts Italian companies

A few months ago Alcedo invested in the Venetian company Ligabue, leader in the naval and industrial catering, growing its business and selling shares to the Italian Investment Fund (Fondo Italiano d’Investimento). Palladio Finanziaria invested in the historic restaurant Group Alajmo (in Sarmeola di Rubano, Padua), which fostered the expansion of a family business, well-established over five generations.

These are two examples of private equity investment in the business district of North-Eastern Italy. (…) Stefano Salvadeo, partner at Bernoni Grant Thornton, declared that “it is necessary to pay attention not only to the price offered by the investor, but also to the guarantees it offers as for the business growth and continuity. This allows entrepreneurs to be sure on the safe future for their business, also in terms of succession planning.”